Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Association of Ontario Midwives Handout: Hypertension in Pregnancy
Midwives regularly measure the blood pressure of women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Most women will have normal blood pressure during pregnancy. About 10% of pregnant women will develop high blood pressure. Most women who have high blood pressure while pregnant or after giving birth will not experience any major problems, nor will their babies.

The Association of Ontario Midwives Guidelines on Hypertension are published to provide a critical review of the research literature on the screening, diagnosis and management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) within the context of provision of midwifery care in Ontario.

The Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians guideline on Hypertension is an executive summary, to provide a reasonable approach to the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.